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Full Frontal

5/10
Comedy . Drama . Romance
 

A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. Full Frontal takes place during a twenty-four hour period - a day in the life of missed connections.

 
Actors: Sandra Oh , Dina Spybey-Waters , January Jones , Blair Underwood , Julia Roberts , David Hyde Pierce , Mary McCormack , Catherine Keener , Nicky Katt , David Duchovny
Directors: Steven Soderbergh
Country: USA
Release: 2002-08-02
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  • Richard Corliss

    The result is Soderberghs liveliest experiment since the strenuously weird "Schizopolis" six years ago -- except that this one works.

    Time Full Review
  • Bill Stamets

    Catherine Keener is wonderfully weird as a vicious vice president of human relations, and Nicky Katt is brilliant as an actor playing Hitler in a stage play.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Viewers need only a willingness to have fun and not mind when they realize the movie was never intended to be profound. Full Frontal is merely human, funny and unusual -- and that's enough.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    These characters are interesting for their flaws and wounds, but the movie doesn't delve deeply into the sources of their pain. See this movie for its humor and talented cast and you won't be disappointed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    The movie remains fragmented, elliptical and overplotted to the point of being hard to track. Still, it's worth hanging in for the finish, a birthday party for Gus (David Duchovny), the producer of the film and the one person they're all linked to. Then Soderbergh pulls off a delicious trick, a gesture of pure, tender, unabashed movie love that makes up for everything.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's all part of the joke. Soderbergh may have created a bit of a mess with Full Frontal, but it's a playful and scrappy mess.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The fact that Full Frontal comes together so well removes any doubt that anyone other than a master filmmaker is pulling the strings.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Even by Soderbergh's standards of serious playfulness/playful seriousness, Full Frontal is a tricky novelty item: The director himself has variously described it as an ''experiment,'' an ''exercise,'' and a ''sketch.''

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    It's a weird little movie that's amusing enough while you watch it, offering fine acting moments and pungent insights into modern L.A.'s show-biz and media subcultures. But it doesn't leave you with much.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It's the summer's most avant-garde experiment, and those who hate it (and there will be plenty) will complain the movie doesn't have a point. Then again, neither did Seinfeld, and look how that turned out.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Keener makes this sometimes inert but always intimate tale of love and ambition burst with dynamic energy. Keener doesn't just have attitude, she has maditude.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Quality-wise, however, there's a big drop off from sex, lies and videotape to Full Frontal.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Despite (or maybe because of) its showy cleverness, Full Frontal merely seems full of itself -- it's a small film made by a big ego pretending to a modesty he no longer feels.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Chris Gore

    It's disappointing that he (Soderbergh) couldn't make something more cohesive out of his admirable experiment.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    No matter how much fun it is to watch -- and for hard-core movie fans, it is often enormous fun -- there's a certain relief when it stops and we're popped back out to our banal, one-track lives.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Far from a great film, but it certainly stretches the envelope.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    When improv is done well, it sheds a unique light on the human condition. When it is done adequately, as it is in Full Frontal, it simply makes you long for a good script and pricey production values.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    You can't get much more perverse than asking Julia Roberts to wear fright wigs, do her own frumpy makeup and costumes -- and then shoot her scenes in eyeball-gougingly ugly digital video.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Studding your movie with friends, admirers, and sycophants is having a ball; it does not bring us to question the illusory power of cinema or the politics of entertainment.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    For an ostensibly personal film, this plodding portrait of the self-involved flailing for meaning in a mercenary world has little of Soderbergh's insight, empathy or generous personality.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Though some individual scenes crackle, overall the film feels unfocussed and flabby, like a series of acting improv exercises strung together.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Aside from a few well-shaped moments from some of the actors, the editing is about the only thing that keeps your mind occupied in Full Frontal -- and any good editor will tell you that's a problem.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Has its fun moments, and the dialogue, some of which was surely improvised, has a natural flow. But Soderbergh suffocates everything with stylistics. Soderbergh is exploring his navel.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    When a set of pre-shooting guidelines a director came up with for his actors turns out to be cleverer, better written and of considerable more interest than the finished film, that's a bad sign. A very bad sign.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Full Frontal could not be more opaque. I honestly don't have a clue what it's about; it went completely over my head.

    Slate Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    You could dismiss it, as I do, as an impenetrable and insufferable ball of pseudo-philosophic twaddle.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Fails because it takes itself so seriously, and because it is itself so seriously dull. Soderbergh's straining to give us a wink -- come on, guys, this is fun -- but really it just feels like some awful eye twitch -- a spasm of yawning self-indulgence in a mostly captivating career.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Arid, self-consciously arty and emotionally uninvolving.

    Variety Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    "Every work of art is an uncommitted crime," Theodor Adorno once wrote. This one is more of a botched misdemeanor.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The aesthetic of Full Frontal is as rough and grainy as the off-the-rack digital video in which much of it was shot.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The only way a self-absorbed treatise like this can get any kind of audience (not to mention distribution) is to cast famous people in it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    That's all Full Frontal is: a brilliant gag at the expense of those who paid for it and those who pay to see it.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
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